Wednesday 8 October 2014
CONCERT OF LIVE ELECTRONICS, IMPROVISATION & FREE JAZZ
"SOUNDSPACES"(JOHANNES SCHWARZ / BASSOON, SASCHA ARMBRUSTER /SAXOPHONE)
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm
The 6th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival concludes with a concert of live electronics, improvisation and free jazz by Soundspaces – a fascinating duo programme with Johannes Schwarz (bassoon) and Sascha Armbruster (saxophone), who will be joined by sound-engineer Sebastian Schottke. The concert will take place at the The Shoe Factory, on Wednesday 8 October 2014, 8:30pm. The audience will be able to enjoy an extraordinary, unconventional, musical experience and an amazing symbiosis between the natural world of sound and electronics in a leisurely setting with a glass of wine. The concert is co-organised with the Goethe-Institut Zypern.
***Please note that due to ambiguous weather conditions the concert will take place at The Shoe Factory main hall and not on the roof garden as previously advertised.
Soundspaces is a fascinating project for bassoon, saxophone and electronics formed by Johannes Schwarz (bassoon) and Sascha Armbruster (saxophone). The genesis of Soundspaces has its roots on the common background of the two musicians: Both Johannes and Sacha have performed and interpreted pieces in their solo programmes, which have been highly influenced by the use of synthesized music, therefore they decided to join forces and integrate electronic music as the central theme of their programme. The high standard and freshness of Soundspaces is enhanced by the inclusion of live-electronic and live-sampling straight into the live improvisations. The electronic sound-system of Soundspaces was exclusively developed at the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the ICST (Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zürich).
Johannes Schwarz (bassoon) has been a member of the Ensemble Modern since 2003, and the artistic leader of the Ensemble Modern Academy, coordinating all educational projects of Ensemble Modern, since 2013. Apart from regularly performing in renowned radio and symphony orchestras, he performed for several years in baroque ensembles on original instruments, and has appeared with radio big bands as well as various improvisation ensembles. His CD productions feature works for solo bassoon premiered by him as well as classical and baroque music, but also a number of arrangements.
After winning the “Premier prix à l' Unanimité” at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied with Claude Delangle, Sascha Armbruster (saxophone) decided to specialize in contemporary music. His concert-activities as a soloist and with chamber groups have brought him to famous festivals in Japan, the US and all over Europe, and he has appeared with leading contemporary ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche and Klangforum Wien. He is the founder and member of the ARTE Quartett, and since 2011, he has been tutor at the Conservatory of Lucerne.
Sebastian Schottke studied sound engineering and music production at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and won a scholarship to the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt / Main. His intensive activities (in concert and studio) in the field of contemporary music led him to collaborations as a sound director with numerous composers, ensembles and dance companies at festivals such as the Avignon Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Ruhrtriennale, the Munich Biennale, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern and the Modern Academy Concert Series in Hong Kong. Since 2008, Sebastian Schottke works as a sound engineer for the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe.
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